In the Philippines, an electrician’s entry level salary ranges from P8,000-P12,000 per month and may even go up to P15,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas, such as in the U.S. and Canada, the annual average salary for an electrician is $30,378 or $2,531 per month.
Basic Educational Requirement
To be an electrician, one must have taken a 2 year course in electric technology and have at least 2 to 5 years of experience as an electrician.
Cost of Education/Training *
The training cost in electrical technology approximately ranges from P7,000 - P10,000 per semester in private technical schools and about P3,000 to P5,000 in public institutions.
Electricians have high opportunity both local and abroad. They are one of the highly needed in construction, power generation plants, maintenance and repair shops. Electricians are also needed in Australia, Middle East and Canada. These countries require highly skilled Electricians with enough experience and impeccable expertise. A high salary with competitive incentives awaits deserving electricians.
Electricians may be employed in the following industries: Manufacturing; Electricity, Gas and Water Supply; Construction; Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles and Personal and Household Goods; Hotels and Restaurants; Transport, Storage and Communication; Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities; Public Administration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security; Education; and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.
Prospects for Career Advancement
An entry level Electrician is called an apprentice. Once promoted, he/she can be a level 1 Electrician. After having a good record of performance, he/she can be promoted as Senior or Head Electrician.
Nature of Work
An Electrician installs and repairs electrical wiring. He/She often works as a freelancer or works for a construction or electrical unit. He/She may also install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
- Assembles, installs, tests, and maintains electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools;
- Diagnoses malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem;
- Inspects electrical systems, equipment, and components to identify hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes;
- Places conduit, pipes or tubing, inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas, and pulls insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between boxes;
- Drafts and designs layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer;
- Advises management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous; and
- Provides preliminary sketches and cost estimates for materials and services.
Skills and Competencies
- Must have wide knowledge and ability in electric installation and repair;
- Knowledge in different kinds of installation;
- Must have wide knowledge in repairing electric circuits;
- Must have knowledge in electrical devices;
- Knowledge in connecting wires and plugs; and
- Basic knowledge in reading blueprints.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Ability to work individually or as part of a team;
- Can communicate well both orally and in writing;
- Good manual dexterity;
- Excellent eye-hand coordination; and
- Must be physically-fit and a good sense of balance.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.